It all started in July 1916. Mercedes set up its own training department for metalworkers and lathe operators at its facility in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim.
For a hundred years we have offered young people comprehensive and qualified training with a wide range of potential applications in Untertürkheim, and in so doing giving them an ideal start to their careers. Training is at the heart of our activities aimed at promoting talented young people, and is the basis of our company's success.
From 1941 they were joined by mechanics, toolmakers, technical drawers, model makers and electricians. Trainees now learn their vocations on state-of-the-art tools and machines in a space covering 15,000 square meters. "I started my career here as an apprentice toolmaker, with enthusiasm and a great deal of passion for the three-pointed star," recalls Thomas Weber, the member of Daimler's Board of Management responsible for Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development until the end of 2016. "I can sense the exact same passion in the trainees here today. That is one of the most important prerequisites for making a successful start to your career."
Around 190 trainee positions are currently offered at Daimler's historic plant for ten technical and administrative vocations.
Frank Deiß, Head of Powertrain Production and Facility Coordinator for the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant: "Our company has a particular interest in providing a good level of training because the direction in which the automotive sector is headed promises interesting challenges and numerous options for our employees. With our comprehensive promotion of junior talent, we are as prepared as we can be for the future because only the relevant skills and requisite knowledge guarantee that we will be able to continue producing premium passenger cars to the highest standard of quality."
High practical relevance and the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art production and manufacturing technology give the young people the ideal preparation for real-life work. Among other things, a new Industry 4.0 laboratory in the training unit allows networked production to be depicted in a virtual world of information and communication.
Daimler is also supporting the Wilhelm-Maybach School in Stuttgart with a donation of 8,000 euros for the procurement of the "Working safely with HV systems" training and experimentation system. This is a teaching module that forms part of the training as an automotive mechatronic technician, focusing on high-voltage and systems technology. The main emphasis of the training system is on safety when working on high-voltage vehicles and the dangers of electrocution.